What is Warehouse Automation?

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Warehouse automation is a facility where all or some of the tasks related to storing, retrieving, and moving inventory are carried out by automated systems. In an automated warehouse, goods can be moved by robots, along with conveyors and overhead pulley systems.

Using automation can cut down on costs associated with running the warehouse in the long term. It can also provide added security, by keeping human workers out of sensitive environments.

Benefits of Warehouse Automation

Automated warehousing applied to part or all of a distribution centre operation can provide a wide range of benefits including:

  • space savings
  • lower building costs
  • improved productivity
  • more efficient material flow
  • less people
  • safer operations
  • reductions in inventory
  • increased reliability
  • reduced running costs
  • better ROI
  • lowest lifecycle cost

What to do next

If you’re considering moving to some sort of automation, consider all the options available. With any amount of automation, the goal is to increase the safety and profitability of your business. We would also suggest doing a number of site visits to other warehouses or operations that have the sort of tools in place that you’re considering. See how they work on an everyday basis and get a real idea of what sorts of challenges implementation may pose.

Omaha 3PL Public Warehouse Company

3PLs offer expertise that manufacturers, distributors and shippers can tap into, allowing users to achieve supply chain solutions with their customers that minimize total delivered costs.

The efficiencies generated by outsourcing logistics has made it extremely popular. Recent studies show that fully 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies outsource at least one function – the largest such number in history.

Benefits of Using a 3PL

  • Reduced total delivered cost for your customer
  • Local expertise in new markets
  • Improved customer service through shorter shipment times
  • Reduced inventory costs through better management
  • Cost benefits through volume shipping discounts
  • Improved focus on core competency
  • Increased shipment visibility
  • More scalable logistics operation and cost model
  • Improved variety of technology and service
  • Risk reduction
  • Increased expertise in supply chain security

We can certainly receive, store and ship your pallets of merchandise. We can do so much more. Give us a call today!